Being that we are all saved by grace, why do we need to keep the Feasts?
We also believe that we are saved by grace through faith. However, grace does not give license to sin or to ignore our Father’s commandments. Paul in Romans 6:14-15 states, “…for ye are not under the law, but under grace. What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? Certainly not.” In this case, it’s important to remember how Scripture defines sin. First John 3:4 states, “Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.” From these passages, we learn that grace does not permit or justify sin, i.e., the breaking of the law. This would include the Feast days.
Additionally, here are a few facts on grace:
- Grace is first found in the Old Testament, Genesis 6:5 and not in the New Testament
- Grace is to bring us to repentance and justification (Romans 2:4; 5:15-21), while the law provides a way to live a sanctified or set-apart life, Romans 3:20.
- We are not to use grace to justify lasciviousness or sin, Judge 4.
Regarding the Feast days, there are several reasons why these days remain crucial to proper worship. They were commandments by Yahweh in the Old Testament, e.g. Leviticus 23. They were observed by Yahshua and apostles in the New Testament, e.g. Mark 14:1; John 7:2, 37; Acts 2:1; 12:3; Acts 20:6, 16; and 1Corinthians 5:7-8. They will be observed in the millennial Kingdom by all peoples and nations, Isaiah 66:23, Ezekiel 44; 46; and Zechariah 14:16-19. And they foreshadow our Father’s plan of salvation.
The fact that the Feast days were observed in the Old Testament, in the New Testament, and will be in the millennial Kingdom, confirms that we should be observing them now. Also, the fact that Yahshua the Messiah, our example, observed them is critically important to recognize.